Herefordshire Week 182: Tuesday 20 – Monday 26 June 2023

No HWF – thanks cold. Setting up my Mac mini and sorting out my new office room.

Grwyne Fawr North Circular, and a flat tyre.


By Tuesday my cold was on the mend and I felt up to a morning of moving things around in my office now that I only need one desk. The room already feels more spacious and the layout feels right.

In the afternoon we drove to B&Q to buy paint to brighten up the outside tables and chairs and a few other bits and bobs, and then on to the Blue Diamond garden centre in search of Elho pots and Aquafin – the small pond is succumbing to blanketweed again.

Wednesday saw me set up my Mac mini and migrate everything from my 2018 iMac and to then restore factory settings on that ahead of eBaying it.

Setting up my retirement desk
Setting up my retirement desk

In the evening it was the Abbey Dore Village Fete pre-meet, finalising the stalls and events and allocating roles. If you can imagine it, I’m helping out with the Cream Teas.

I spent most of Thursday and Friday slowly sorting out my “retirement office” set up, working my way through accumulated “stuff” and rationalising it ie chucking stuff out, and working through the contents of my two drawer filing cabinet and weeding out paper to shred. So much paper that I broke the shredder…

Vaccination log books, Australian and UK
Vaccination log books, Australian and UK

My new Mac mini is awesomely fast. THANK Heavens. Powered through a whole load of Admin on Friday morning, and in the evening caught up with EA on Zoom. And on Saturday morning DF and I FaceTimed. Lovely.

Into Hereford on Saturday to pick up Argos purchases – primarily a new shredder – and to take library books back before it relocates to Friars Street temporarily – and then who knows where. Shopping, then to Winchester for tea and cream cakes. Home for Pizza dinner! Our first for a while.

Leisurely start to Sunday, breakfasting out on the patio for the first time in ages. Usually we’re up too early for the sun. Mid-morning we headed out to walk to Ewyas Harold via the Deer Field and the Common and to rendezvous with dad and Jean for lunch at The Temple. Yum Yum.

Dore Abbey from the Deer Field stile
Dore Abbey from the Deer Field stile

Back home to check on the newts in the small pond (Phil spotted baby ones) and the fish and lilies in the big pond. And then a spot of a snooze…. Glastonbury on the telly in the evening.


Monday provided a bit of a drama. On my way to rendezvous with SP at Grwyne Fawr Reservoir, I drove over a block of wood with a big nail sticking out of it….. I pulled in at the next lay-by and I had a look at my tyre and it looked OK so I decided to continue on….

Sonia and I had a lovely walk, Grwyne Fawr North Circular: Pen y Gadair Fawr to Chwarel y Fan: Grwyne Fawr (Blaen y Cwm Car Park) – Pen y Gadair Fawr (800m) – Waun Fach (811m) – Rhos Dirion (713m) – Chwarel y Fan (679m) – Grwyne Fawr (Blaen y Cwm Car Park).

Strava Map & Graph: Grwyne Fawr North Circular: Pen y Gadair Fawr to Chwarel y Fan
Strava Map & Graph: Grwyne Fawr North Circular: Pen y Gadair Fawr to Chwarel y Fan

Distance: 11.11 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,007 ft
Elapsed Time: 5h
Walking Time: 4h 20 mins

But 5 hours later, back in the car park, we found the Panda with a very flat tyre. And there is no phone signal in this part of the Black Mountains. Thank heavens for SP (for calm advice, and for driving me to Llanfihangel Crucorney for a phone signal and a postcode) and the brilliant Owen from the RAC who arrived within 15 mins, drove me and him back to the car park and sorted out a temporary repair.

Trying to spell out Welsh place names with the phonetic alphabet was Quite Something.

Next time, I’m going to get a postcode before I call.


In garden news, I planted out the courgette and relocated one of the lettuces to give it more space. The milk bottle protectors are doing an excellent job – one to remember.


TV: The Diplomat (finished season 1 – VG!), Ted Lasso (started season 3), Glastonbury.

Podcasts: Books and Authors, You Must Remember This, History Extra.


Photos: Herefordshire week 182 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2023-06-25.